The basic design for the full-production electric version of the next Mini car has been unveiled by German carmaker BMW!
The carmaker confirmed in July that the fully electric version of the three-door Mini would go into production at its Cowley plant in Oxford in 2019 after a Mini E electric car was launched in 2008 for extensive field trials.
The new Mini Electric will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, and according to BMW, it will have a "powerful electric motor." However, we haven't received any information regarding technical details or the concept's interior.
About 360,000 Minis are made each year – more than 60% build at Oxford.
Here's what we do know:
The car's drivetrain (including the motor, gearbox and battery pack) will be assembled in Germany and fixed to the rest of the car in the UK factory. According to BMW, "The new Mini Electric concept is instantly recognisable from the front by its hexagonal radiator grille and circular headlights."
The car will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will be on display from Saturday, 16 September. BMW, who employs about 18,000 staff members in the UK, including 4,500 at the Mini Cowley plant, has said that it plans for electrified vehicles will account for 15-25% of its sales by 2025. The UK remains the biggest market for Minis and accounts for 20% of worldwide sales.
Watch the video to see more of the Mini electric car's design!